Teaching (English: Literacy) AdvCert

Teaching (English: Literacy) AdvCert




Partner Institution

Why study this course?

The aim of this programme is to enable you to develop into an outstanding English/literacy teacher. You will learn how to plan, implement, assess and evaluate teaching and learning and undertake a full teaching role, working with students from very low levels of numeracy up to GCSE/Level 2.

Being literate is a crucial life-skill. As a literacy teacher you will help students to operate confidently, effectively and independently in their educational, personal and work life, by developing their reading, writing and, speaking and listening skills. Teaching English/literacy is challenging and rewarding and requires not only a good understanding of English, but also of how and why people learn.

The Advanced Certificate: Teaching (English: Literacy) is a subject pathway for teachers who already have a teaching qualification such as Cert Ed, PGCE, DTLLS and wish to become teachers of Functional and GCSE English.

“The partnership is a very open and engaging one in which all partners are equal and each contributes very effectively to the whole.” Ofsted, November 2015

  • Duration:

    Approximately one and a half years part time

  • Level:


  • Campus:

    Partner Institution

  • Award Type:


  • Fees:

    Please contact the partner institution for information about fees

  • Status:

    Subject to course approval

Entry Requirements


• A nationally recognised teaching qualification – PGCE, Certificate in Education, DTLLS, or equivalent.
• Level 3 knowledge and skills in the English language (ascertained at assessment/interview) and a Level 3 (QCF) qualification in a related subject, as a minimum. If some of the teaching is to be undertaken in a subject other than Literacy/Functional English, this qualification must be in this teaching subject specialism.
• 5 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or equivalent) to include English.
• The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).

Applicants applying for a specialist English: Literacy course will be assessed at interview to ensure that their content knowledge and skills in English are at Level 3. There is a pre-interview task to help prepare and then an assessment will be set on the interview day. There are no exemptions from the English assessment. Based on the outcome of the assessment, a decision will be made regarding suitability for the programme.

Further Information

The Further Education and Skills sector includes colleges, training providers, sixth forms, adult and community learning, prison education and apprenticeship provision.

“The partnership is a very open and engaging one in which all partners are equal and each contributes very effectively to the whole.” Ofsted, November 2015

What does the course involve?

On the programme you will spend time each week in class working on your understanding of English and how to teach it. In these sessions, your tutors will model good teaching practice that you can use in your own teaching. Teaching, learning and assessment approaches have been designed to promote the transfer of learning between modules. Teaching and learning methods are varied and aimed at integrating theory and practice. They include lectures, group activities, presentations and private independent study. Your teaching placement is a central feature of the course. You are required to teach for a minimum of 75 hours per year over the period of the part-time course.

“The quality of the training across the partnership is consistently good, with examples of outstanding provision.” Ofsted, November 2015

How do I apply?

Please apply directly to the college(s) of your choice, using the special application form they will send you. The contact details for each college can be found on the right under 'Partner Institutions'.

How do I find a placement?

If you are not already employed as a teacher, colleges may be able to help with finding you a placement but this is not always guaranteed. You will also need to take responsibility for finding a suitable placement for your teaching experience.

How will I be assessed?

Your course is assessed through a combination of a professional teaching practice portfolio and assignment work. You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. Assessment methods comprise written essays, observed teaching sessions, portfolios, projects and reports. In additional to these formal assessments, you need to demonstrate professionalism at all times, meeting the Education and Training Foundation Professional Standards

What does this course qualify me to do?

The Advanced Certificate: Teaching (English: Literacy) course at UCLan is primarily for those wishing to teach the 16+ age group. This qualification does not confer QTS or QTLS status. On successful completion of the course you can apply for QTLS status through the Education and Training Foundation which will enable you to be employed as a qualified teacher in a secondary school.

What jobs could this lead to?

A wide range of teaching opportunities exist across the Further Education and Skills sector. 69% of our July 2014 graduates are now employed in the sector.
‘Employment rates for trainees leaving their courses in 2014 are high’ Ofsted November 2015

A wide range of teaching opportunities exist across the learning and skills sector, in organisations including further education colleges, sixth forms, adult and community learning, the prison service and in private sector training organisations.

The Advanced Certificate: Teaching (English: Literacy) at UCLan is for those wishing to teach primarily in Further Education and sixth form. Whilst this is not a school teaching qualification there are now employment opportunities in some


Partner Institutions

The UCLan partnership network offers higher education courses in 22 Partner Institutions, allowing students to study locally for their HE award. Partner students are able to take advantage of a wide-range of University facilities as well as accessing the facilities available at the Partner Institution.

Many of the courses run in partner institutions provide the opportunity to ‘Move On’ or progress to UCLan to complete a programme or to study for a higher qualification.


The full list of modules indicated on this course page are for information purposes only. Certain modules may not be delivered every year and delivery might be dependent on the number of students selecting a given module. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this course, you are accepting that it is possible that not all of these module options will be available. At (or before) the start of each academic year, you will have an opportunity to discuss your course and preferred module options with your tutor. The University will then do all it reasonably can to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred module options.

Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Partner Institutions

This course is delivered at the following partner institution(s):

Burnley College